Nick Offerman serves as a quasi-host of the Netflix documentary ‘Have a Good Journey: Adventures in Psychedelics.’ (Photograph through YouTube)
Since social distancing and stay-at-home orders had been put in place, celebrities have complained about being restricted to the cramped quarters of their mansions and personal tennis courts. Their efforts to appear relatable really feel strongly harking back to the enduring Us Weekly characteristic: “Stars — They’re similar to us!” Like regular folks, they keep inside, hate homeschooling their children and, apparently, do medication — not less than in accordance with Netflix’s new documentary Have a Good Journey: Adventures in Psychedelics.
If you happen to couldn’t guess from the songs they sing, exhibits they star in and movies they put up, plenty of well-known folks love getting excessive. Have a Good Journey goes a bit farther off the grid than the usual acceptable drug reference — to my data, no A$AP Rocky lyrics describe the time he ejaculated a rainbow.
The rapper joins different celebrities akin to Sting, Nick Kroll and The Grateful Useless’s Invoice Kreutzmann to debate the occasions they’ve gotten actually fucked up. Have a Good Journey makes use of interviews, reenactments and colourful animations to recount these celebrities’ experiences with LSD, peyote and different medication. Their tales are removed from severe, nearly like a pal’s Sunday morning breakdown of their wild Saturday night time out. The recounts are additionally barely unhappy reminders of the laughs we used to have when bars had been open and huge gatherings had been authorized.
The target but vibrant storytelling in Have a Good Journey is tough to categorise. It feels applicable for Netflix, which is crammed with drug-related exhibits and films. Documentaries like How you can Repair a Drug Scandal and Grass is Greener sit beside the hit sequence Narcos and the brain-numbing animated comedy Paradise PD. In some way, Have a Good Journey awkwardly combines parts from every to create a surface-scratching image of drug use.
Except you already love the featured stars, Have a Good Journey feels extra like a disappointing comedown than a superb buzz. I watched this documentary sober, however my guess is that being inebriated may be the one solution to discover the tales really entertaining. They solely made me miss sitting on campus and overhearing folks discuss their substance-induced escapades.
Have a Good Journey has few coherent takeaways, which makes it even tougher to elucidate why it simply isn’t that humorous. Listening to celebrities such because the late Anthony Bourdain discuss tripping does assist demystify the medication that many individuals worry. Some recount nice highs, however Ben Stiller’s scary expertise positively killed the vibe. His story stands out for having a real lesson and helps create a holistic image of the medication’ results. In some way, the documentary just isn’t severe sufficient to assist destigmatize these psychedelics but additionally not likely humorous sufficient to warrant a watch.
Clearly, many individuals are watching extra Netflix to cross time and distract from the following international chaos. Individuals are, unsurprisingly, utilizing medication extra, too. We’re already seeing a psychological well being disaster unfold because of isolation, anxieties and losses introduced by the pandemic. Sting may name me a narc for this, however I ponder if this was actually the time to launch Have a Good Journey. Clearly, hallucinogens are fully totally different from opioids, however medication in all probability shouldn’t be promoted throughout a public well being disaster.
In equity, the casual documentary doesn’t explicitly encourage drug use. It harmlessly exhibits that psychedelics could be much less harmful than many assume. It’s not a political push, however a lightweight advocacy for legalization within the title of non-public freedom.
Watch Have a Good Journey when you love the folks or love the medication, however you will discover extra outrageous substance-induced stupidity on Barstool’s Instagram. We’d mainly be assured a greater consequence if their workers remade this with the identical celebrities.
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